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Sweet shortcrust pastry recipe

This sweet shortcrust pie recipe is an easy recipe to make and great if you have never made pastry before. Simple and easy. Find more on Kidspot, New Zealand's recipe finder.



  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 125g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tbsp iced water


In a food processor, place the cold butter, sifted flour and icing sugar.

Process until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and process just until the dough comes together into a ball.

Shape into a disk and wrap in cling film. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 190°C. Lightly oil a 24cm loose based flan tin.

Remove and place between two sheets of baking paper and roll to fit your flan tin.

Prick base all over with a fork and line the base with baking paper weighed down with some dried beans or pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove paper and pie weights and cook a further 10 minutes. Leave to cool.


  • You can use this for so many sweet tart recipes.
  • I use this mainly for caramel tarts. You can boil 2 tins of condensed milk (fully sealed in the tin) for 2 hours and then pour it into this pie base and top with cream.
  • Try not to overwork this when it comes together in the food processor.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.